When we are thinking at a museum, we can imagine an old building with great architectural value and with influences from old architectural styles like Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance or many others.
But how about ultra-modern museums? There are a few very modern in the world and we put them here.
MAS Museum – Antwerp, Belgium
MAS Museum is was recently opened on May 2011 in Antwerp, Belgium. Its inauguration came with a great idea: everyone could have a digital live virtual tour from his desk to see why is a must to visit this museum. Unfortunately it isn’t available now (the campaign ended in June 2011).
The ten-storey, sixty-two meter high tower, was built by Neutelings Riedijk Architects (from Rotterdam, Holland) during 4 years (from 2006 to 2010) with a total cost estimated at 33.409.000 Euro.
photo © Sarah Blee
National Museum of Art from Osaka, Japan
The biggest part of National Museum of Art from Osaka is subterranean. What you can see from the surface is only the “tip of the iceberg” and something which couldn’t be likened with… a museum.
It is located on Nakanoshima, an island between the Dojima River and the Tosabori Rive, five minutes away from central Osaka.
Museum of Islamic Art from Doha
Such a modern city like Doha couldn’t miss a list like this one with ultra-modern museums. We must admit you need to be great skilled to integrate old Islamic art with modern concepts. But people from Qatar proved us so many times they can do that perfectly. Museum of Islamic Art, located in the Qatari capital Doha was designed by architect I. M. Pei. It was opened for VIP in 22 November 2008, and one week after for general public.
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry and build in 1997 by Ferrovial, The Guggenheim Museum, a modern and contemporary art museum, is located in Bilbao (Basque Country), Spain.
The building is admired by many experts who hailed it as a “signal moment in the architectural culture”, because it represents “one of those rare moments when academics, critics and the general public were all completely united about something.”
Oscar Niemeyer Museum
Oscar Niemeyer Museum was constructed between 1967 and 2002 and is located in Curitiba, Brazil. It has a unique design with a form which looks like an eye on top. The entrance is located in the tower which sustain the “eye”, and you can get there through a long spiral stair (18 meters).
Royal Ontario Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum, also known as ROM, is the oldest museum from our list. Built in 1912, it suffered some expansions during its existence. First one was in 1933, than McLaughlin Planetarium was added in ’64.
In ’95 the museum was closed and in 2009 was sold to the University of Toronto who renovate it (the total cost of the project was estimated at 270$ CAD mil.).
National Museum of Australia
National Museum of Australia was firstly established in 1980, but until 2001 it didn’t had a “permanent home”. Since then is located in Canbera, Australian capital.
In 2005 and 2006 National Museum of Australia was the most important tourist attraction in Australia.
Other photos are taken from wikipedia.org